The legendary Sir Roger Norrington directs the Zürcher Kammerorchester and Zürcher Sing-Akademie in a performance of Bach’s great devotional masterpiece St John Passion.
Composed for the Good Friday Vespers service of 1724, Bach wrote the Passion – his most substantial work up to that point – during his first winter as Kantor of the Thomaskirche and Nicholaskirche in Leipzig.
With its dramatic recitatives and vivid choruses, reflective chorales, and astonishingly beautiful arias, the John Passion has an intense emotional appeal that makes it one of the true treasures of the oratorio repertoire.
Bach: St John Passion
With James Gilchrist (Evangelist), Neal Davies (Christus), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Clint van der Lindt (counter tenor), Rudolf Rosen (bass).
Sir Roger Norrington
Tickets: £55, £45, £35, £20, unsighted £10. You can book online or in person from the Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office (01223 357851).
Part of the Cambridge Summer Music Festival.